Monday, February 26, 2024

Vehicles torched, shops ransacked


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Miscreants lob petrol bomb  at Garikhana, Laitumkhrah

By Our Reporter

 Shillong:Violence spurred over different areas of Shillong on Monday afternoon when a government vehicle (ML01 5705), and a truck (AS 01 CC 9854) were set on fire by unknown miscreants and shops were ransacked soon after the public rally held at Motphran by local NGOs.

A government vehicle (Bolero) belonging to Shandor M Lyngdoh, an officer from the directorate of sports and youth affairs was set ablaze by unknown miscreants at Mawkhar near the office of the Syiem of Mylliem at around 1.30 pm injuring the driver of the vehicle, Shambor Syiemlieh (Bung).

The injured person was later shifted to Gordon Robert’s Hospital at Jaiaw.

The incident took place soon after the crowd dispersed from the public gathering organized by three NGOs-KSU, FKJGP and HNYF at Motphran here on Monday on issues relating to influx and registration of voters into the electoral rolls.

Senior Police Officials informed that no one was arrested in this connection, but investigation is still going on.

Meanwhile, in another incident, many shops were ransacked and some non-locals were reportedly beaten up by unknown miscreants at Khlieh Iew (Basa Wait) round about the same time of the previous incident.

In a separate incident, unidentified miscreants threw a petrol bomb at Garikhana near KHADC office on Monday afternoon and police has apprehended one suspected KSU member in this connection.

In another incident, a truck carrying food grains was set on fire at Mawlai near FCI Go-down while unknown miscreants also threw a petrol bomb at a haystack piled at one milkman’s house at Pynthorumkhrah bordering Lumsyiap here around 3.30pm on Monday.

Mscreants also hurled a petrol bomb at a hoarding in Laitumkhrah in the afternoon, however no one was injured. Due to fear psychosis, many shops were closed early in Iewduh and Khyndai Lad and very less vehicles were seen plying in the streets of Shillong in the evening hours of Monday.

However, no casualty has been reported so far.

Police talks tough: Meanwhile, taking a tough stand, East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police AR Mawthoh has warned that the any one who tries to create ‘unrest’ in the city would be booked under the Meghalaya Prevention Detention Act (MPDA).

After assessing the situation, he said that the police xame to the conclusion that all the incidents that took place in various parts in the city on Monday were ‘pre-planned’.

While refusing to hold any NGOs responsible for the incidents, he said that “it is the job of some vested interests”.

The SP informed that additional forces had been deployed for patrolling in the city.


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